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Building Bridges to the Future

A combined engineering team, consisting of U.S. and UPDF military personnel, are replacing a washed out culvert with an improved low-water crossing. The team is removing the existing culvert, conducting site preparation to ensure the area is ready for the new structure, casting the new concrete box culverts, and then preparing the surface for future traffic. The team has also prepared a temporary logistics site adjacent to the culvert site. This is to accommodate U.S. and UPDF personnel and equipment needed for project.

U.S military engineers and Ugandan Ministry of Works personnel decided that a low-water crossing would be the best course of action for this project due to the availability of materials and time. The structure will be quite solid and will require significantly less maintenance than the pre-existing earth covered culvert pipes.

This effort is the result of months of close coordination between the Ugandan Ministry of Works and the US Government (Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa), Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) Engineers, the Lira District Engineering Office, and the Aromo Sub-County officials.

Actual culvert construction began around the 1st or 2nd week of December. The completion date will depend on a number of things ... especially the weather. The goal is to complete it sometime between mid-February and early-April 2009. The team will ensure quality and safety come first. If more time is needed to ensure quality, the team will extend the project timeline.

There will be many benefits to the local community. First, this bridge will offer easy access to Aromo Trading Center for those people in the area of the culvert. Additionally, they will have better access to the health center, shops, and the local officials. That, in turn, will increase traffic in the trading center which can assist with revenue there. It will save travelers time as they will no longer be required to traverse all the way to the other bridge. And lastly, it will provide a safe crossing for both vehicles and pedestrians. It will minimize any possible danger from makeshift pedestrian (aka log) bridges in the area.